Stange, disjointed and thought prevolking. An intriguing film which flits from fact to fiction, playing with reality in a very cerebral way. I found it hard to understand, especially the way the brutal reality of the Thai military is so coded and subliminated in people's consciousness; this is perhaps the true but subtle force of the film; the way it hovers over reality like an impassive angel's wings.
An interesting film that is part documentary and part look at the dilution of the power and history by the devices we can use to maintain distance while we try to relate facts and feelings to many other people. It's not a completele satisfying experience, but it's worth your time. Once.
I loved this journey. I suppose by the time it gets dark it is dusk; and dusk is the period when both light and darkness co-exist uneasily. Dusk is also that point in the day that is notoriously tricksy, when it is hard to discern precisely what one is actually seeing. So, even though this is not the original title for the film, it seems very apt for a rigorous examination of the elusiveness of truth.
Bizarre and wonderful. I loved the fact that there is no storyline. I felt I wasn’t expected to understand something but was being presented with a series of slow paced unrelated bits of stories with which I could make what I liked. Nice imagery. Not sure I agree with the description of the film on mubi but then we all interpret things differently, don’t we?
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK is almost like a new shape. It contains a great many ellipses but is not itself an ellipsis. Many works are said to evoke the kaleidoscope; this one actually does. I love how Suwichakornpong establishes parameters only to radically multiply the plane of the possible. She would appear to do so in order not only to discredit conventional practices, but for the purposes of forging new ones.
Kind of beautiful. A visual and meditative feast. Starts off very paced and then takes a turn that makes it quite philosophically intriguing. This is not really in my wheelhouse of taste, but I can appreciate the talent that has crafted this film. Some will really enjoy this piece of Thai cinema... a lot.
I would like to give the film an N/A rating, but since I can't do that I will go with three stars. Last night I was just talking to my students about bell hooks' discussion of epistemological humility and then I watched this movie. I felt like I was overhearing a heavily coded conversation for which I have no context or background knowledge about. This movie wasn't made for me, so I'm not in a position to rate it.
a fine melt between film and reality & lovely photography throughout—the pace is truly reluctant, perhaps to saturate in the moment of scenes with characters that are ultimately impermanent. (that being said, a little slow pace for me but nice for people who enjoy immersion in the moment)
This film was a film I have never experienced before. The balance between reality & film was so seamless that it allowed me to become more emotionally invested into the story than I had expected. It never felt as if it was a story being told, I felt as if I was there. The beginning especially pulled me in, and then with every other following scene, I was basically in a wild trip within the eye of many other trips.
This...this was just aggravating cinema. It's not just that it starts with an easy premise and then needlessly goes in a dozen different directions. It's not just the countless sequences of undefined characters doing boring activities. It's that it's so random and so dull, that you have little incentive or desire to engage the work and try to unravel it.